Bond University kicks off 25th anniversary celebrations

19 February 2014

Bond University students, staff, alumni and supporters came together to celebrate a major milestone in the university’s history on Friday, Feb. 14 with the official launch of its 25th Anniversary Celebrations.

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford said the university had many reasons—and will have plenty of opportunities—to celebrate.
“Twenty-five years ago we changed the face of education in Australia by becoming the nation’s first private, not-for-profit university,” Professor Brailsford said. “Bond and its people are unique and special. We’ve paved a path for others to follow, and carved out our place in history as the only genuine, truly independent university in Australia.
“We are incredibly proud of the fact that Bond is Australia’s highest-rating university for educational experience; and equally proud of our thousands of students and alumni who are now working to realize their ambitions all over the world, as part of Bond’s greater global community.
This year will be a huge year for Bond University as they will be marking their 25th year with a host of fantastic events and celebrations, culminating in the Gala Ball weekend and homecoming activities in the middle of May.
Also speaking at the flag-raising event and BUSA-hosted barbecue, was Peta Fielding, Chair of the Bond University Alumni Board and a member of Bond’s first ever cohort of students in September 1989.
Ms Fielding said returning to Bond, 25 years since the first day it opened, was an incredible experience.
“It’s wonderful to be maintaining an engagement with the university, twenty-five years on. The arms of the Bond embrace just get wider and stronger with each passing year to make room for us all,” she said, adding that while the university has changed in many ways, one thing has remained constant—the heart and soul of Bond University.
Melanie Hayden, President of the Bond University Student Association (BUSA) said in the relatively short time she’d been at Bond, she’d witnessed amazing growth and change.
“Since I came to Bond three years ago I’ve seen new buildings grown from scratch, the entire redevelopment of the sporting fields, the introduction of new courses, and an overhaul of almost everything that we do,” she said.
The 25th Anniversary flag was raised by Ian Proctor, Bond’s longest service staff member who started with the university on  Nov. 7, 1988,  before the doors of the university were officially opened.
“Ian is an absolute stalwart, has a fantastic attitude, is incredibly customer and service orientated, and has been here throughout the entire journey of this university’s history,” he said. “Who better to raise the twenty-five-year flag for Bond than Ian?”
Bond University’s 25th Anniversary celebrations continue later this month with

  • The Great Debate on Friday, Feb. 28 – the importance of private education in Australia.
  • March 6 –  Mr Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia, will headline the Bond Business Leaders Forum to talk about how he blends business and culture to run Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts organization.
  • March 23 – the inaugural Bond University Twilight Relay Run and two Bleach Festival events: Live at Bond – BUSTAMENTO and Live at Bond – POETRY GALLERY.
  • March 29 -Australia’s foremost expert on human rights, Mr Julian Burnside AO QC, will deliver a lecture on what is currently one of the nation’s most topical and thought provoking topics—asylum seekers.

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